Companies still hiring now looking ahead to post-epidemic recovery: Mekari survey

first_img“Technology will play an integral role in the post-pandemic ‘new normal’. There is an increasing demand for technologies that can help companies implement working from home, [systems],” he said.The hiring freeze and reduction have made it difficult for fresh university graduates to find jobs. Statistics Indonesia (BPS) shows that around 737,000 of the country’s 13 million university graduates were unemployed in August, 2019, or 5.67 percent. This is still higher than the country’s overall unemployment rate of 5.28 percent during the same period.The Manpower Ministry’s data revealed that around 1.7 million formal and informal workers had lost their jobs by May 1. In the formal sector, 375,165 workers were categorized as Pemutusan Hubungan Kerja (PHK), or termination of employment, while more than 1 million workers were “pekerja dirumahkan” (on unpaid leave).The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) presents a stark contrast, estimating that at least 6 million workers had lost their jobs due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic.Some start-ups have also reduced hiring and placed employees on unpaid leave to stay afloat during the outbreak. Others, like Airy Rooms, have permanently shuttered their businesses.Country director Steve Sutanto of Glints Indonesia, a career development platform and graduate recruitment network, said earlier that businesses had become more prudent in hiring new talent. He also noted that the retail, travel, aviation and food and beverage industries were among the most affected.A separate survey by the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and SurveySensum found that 58 percent of Indonesian businesses had cut their recruitment budgets. The figure is slightly lower than the average 61 percent of businesses in India, Singapore and Vietnam that had imposed recruitment budget cuts.The survey also showed that businesses in Singapore had taken the most aggressive approach to cutting recruitment budgets, followed by Indian and Indonesian businesses.“Over time, there has been more pessimism as people worried about the security of their jobs, incomes and finances, which has resulted in consumers reducing their spending as well,” said SurveySensum CEO Rajiv Lamba.Lamba also noted that 89 percent of transportation companies and 76 percent of financial services companies surveyed in the four countries said they had cut their hiring budgets.Meanwhile, the e-commerce and the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors had the lowest percentage of businesses reporting recruitment budget cuts, he said. The two sectors were only moderately affected and both have optimism that they can bounce back rapidly post-COVID-19.Reuters reported that FMCG manufacturer Unilever, whose products include personal care items like soap and shampoo, confirmed in April that it was hiring to fill 300 global jobs, but without elaborating further.The International Labor Organization has warned that 1.6 billion workers, or nearly half of the global workforce, could lose their livelihoods, especially in the informal economy.Topics : It also found that 64 percent of the surveyed companies had reduced their recruitment target from seven new hires per month to just two on average.At the same time, the data showed that 25 percent of the surveyed companies continued to hire until the work from home (WFH) policy was issued, while 11 percent of the companies maintained the same recruitment rate before and after the WFH was implemented.“There are still companies that are hiring employees, even though the numbers are not large,” Mekari vice president marketing Standie Nagadi said on Thursday. “This is one of the strategic steps the companies have taken so that when the pandemic ends, they can bounce back faster,” he said.Standie said that the survey data was aggregated and anonymous, and that Mekari was not given access to clients’ internal data to identify the business sectors that were still hiring during the epidemic. While most businesses have been forced to downsize and have halted recruiting new staff, a recent survey has found that some companies are continuing to hire new employees as part of their strategy for faster recovery after the health crisis ends.A recently published month-long survey by Mekari, a human resource and financial solutions start-up, shows that most Indonesian companies have either frozen or reduced hiring during the COVID-19 epidemic.Talenta, Mekari’s human resource information system (HRIS), collected data on 558 companies that were still recruiting before social distancing was implemented in early March. Of these, only 410 were still hiring between March 13 and April 13.last_img read more

Join the club: this property comes with a golf buggy

first_img25101/3113 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise is set to go to auction on January 28. It comes with a set of draftsman’s drawings. Perfect for boaties or fishermen.An original renovated and elevated beach home in Burleigh will be sold with a set of draftsman’s drawings. It’s ideal for “savvy” local or interstate investors, according to the property listing. 2490 The Parkway, Sanctuary Cove comes with a golf buggy for $1.149 million.FROM a new golf buggy to luxury furniture — some Gold Coast vendors are including surprise features in listings in a bid to get properties across the dotted line.Set in golfing community epicentre Sanctuary Cove, the property fits golf fans to a tee — and that’s before the extra inclusion. 113 George St, Burleigh Heads is listed via an expressions of interest campaign. The sale will also include the furniture.The $1.149 million price tag includes a brand new, two-seater golf buggy.The three-bedroom, three-bathroom residence overlooks one of the area’s two golf courses and has garaging for two cars and the buggy. Inside features a modern design including neutral decor, charcoal carpets, and travertine flooring.If playing on the water is more your style, a boutique Runaway Bay apartment comes with a marina pontoon. Unit 8 also has two large bedrooms with water views, an open style lounge, a roof top terrace and a well-appointed kitchen with walk-in pantry and island bar. 8/32 Oatland Esplanade, Runaway Bay is on the market for $1.295 million.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago The buyer could collaborate with an architect to redesign.“Purchase to develop or purchase to invest as this dual occupancy home and income producing property will earn you a tidy return while you collaborate with your architect to design that dream home with those never to be built out views,” the listing states.As is, the five-bedroom home is full of coastal charm and open plan living spaces.The sub penthouse of the Hilton has hit the market, and it comes complete with the Hilton furniture package. If buyers aren’t sold on the included furniture package, the views might seal the deal.The 51st floor apartment also offers ocean, city, river and mountain views through its floor to ceiling glass windows, and residents have access to the hotel’s facilities including four pools, a spa, sauna, gym, bar and theatre.last_img read more

Indian Premier League ‘Captain Cool’ MS Dhoni loses cool, social media lashes out at his behavior

first_imgHere is a sample of some of the tweets which criticised Dhoni and the host broadcaster. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. MS Dhoni became the first captain to win 100 games in IPL.Chennai Super Kings are on top of the table in IPL 2019.MS Dhoni was fined 50 percent of his match-fee for the outburst. New Delhi: The final over of the match between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings at the Sawai Mansingh stadium witnessed controversy with MS Dhoni being at the center of a storm. In the fourth ball of the innings, controversy erupted. Stokes bowled a slow, full toss which seemed over the waist and Mitchell Santner whacked it to wide long on for a couple. Initially, umpire Ulhas Gandhe raised the arm to signal a no-ball for height and the buzzers at the ground went off. However, the square leg umpire Bruce Oxenford over-ruled it. This infuriated Dhoni who charged onto the playing field and protested the decision. Dhoni pointed out that umpire Gandhe had raised the arm and it should be a no-ball but umpire Oxenford stated that he did not signal a no-ball. A heated argument ensued and few of the Rajasthan Royals players got involved.Play was held up for some time but Chennai Super Kings managed to get over the line when Santner clubbed a six off the last ball as they won the game by four wickets off the last ball. While MS Dhoni became the first captain to win 100 matches in the IPL, the focus was on the way how Dhoni behaved. The criticism was also levelled at host broadcaster Star Sports and Murali Kartik for not asking tough questions. It seemed he was game about answering the tough questions. Kartik posed all banal questions when it seemed Dhoni was ready to answer questions. “You again took the game deep?” asked Karthik and Dhoni wittily replied: “By being there at the end do you mean having a conversation with the umpires?” There were no follow-up questions after that.center_img highlights In a statement released by the IPL, it said, “Dhoni was fined 50 percent of his match fees for breaching the VIVO Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Code of Conduct during his team’s match against Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur. Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction.” Chennai Super Kings will next take on Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Sunday while Rajasthan Royals will square off against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede stadium on Saturday. Dhoni’s side is currently on top of the table while Rajasthan Royals are still second from bottom.last_img read more

Atletico humble Real Madrid 7-3 in friendly

first_imgAtletico Madrid’s Diego Costa is the hero of the day as he helps his team win a friendly match against Real Madrid at MetLife stadium in New YorkNew York, United States | AFP | Diego Costa scored four goals as Atletico Madrid embarrassed La Liga rivals Real Madrid 7-3 Friday in a pre-season friendly at MetLife Stadium.Costa had a hat-trick by halftime and added one more goal before he was sent off in the 63rd, when both teams were reduced to 10 men after a testy shoving match.“We started the game very poorly. In a top-level match such as this, we had a very bad start, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “The players are well aware and they’re disappointed.“We don’t need to dwell on it, this is a pre-season game. They were better in every respect and that’s all there is to it.”The first meeting outside of Europe between the Madrid rivals proved a dismal night for Zidane’s Real Madrid, who saw Serbian starlet Luka Jovic hobble off after an awkward collision with Atletico keeper Jan Oblak in the 24th minute.Zidane can only hope the news on his injury will be better than that on Marco Asensio, who could miss most if not all of the La Liga season after rupturing a knee ligament against Arsenal on Tuesday.Portuguese 19-year-old Joao Felix, signed from Benfica this month for 126 million euros ($142 million), scored his first goal for Atletico, and helped set up two more.Angel Correa also scored for Atletico, who had run the score to 5-0 at halftime and 6-0 before Real Madrid got one on the scoreboard before a packed house at the East Rutherford, New Jersey, home of the NFL’s New York Jets and New York Giants.Costa set the tone in the first minute. Put through in the area by Felix he fired across his body to make it 1-0.Felix struck in the eighth, slotting home a ball that was cut back to him by Saul Niguez.Real Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois could only watch Correa’s 19th-minute blast into the bottom left corner. Costa bagged his second to make it 4-0 in the 28th, Saul winning the ball after a poor pass from Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos and sending a pass for Costa.Costa made it 5-0 on the stroke of halftime, converting from the penalty spot after he was brought down in the area by Isco.Atletico’s lead swelled to 6-0 in the 51st minute when Costa teamed with Felix for his fourth of the night, Felix slotting a pass through Real Madrid’s defence for Costa to arc over Keylor Navas.Eden Hazard helped Real Madrid pull back a goal in the 59th with a cross that Nacho bundled over the line.Minutes later Daniel Carvajal’s late challenge on Thomas Lemar saw tempers flare, with both Costa and Carvajal sent off.Undeterred, Atletico grabbed their seventh goal in the 70th thanks’ to a superb solo run by Vitolo, who seized the ball from two defenders and beat two more to score.Karim Benzema converted an 85th-minute penalty and Javi Hernandez scored in the 89th to trim the deficit, but there was little for Real Madrid to be proud of.“I’m not concerned, but I’m hurt. You don’t play to lose. But we can’t be looking backwards, it was a bad game and now we have to focus on what went wrong so we can try and make sure it doesn’t happen again,” said Zidane.Welsh star Gareth Bale — reportedly on the verge of a lucrative move to Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu Suning — was sent on with less than half an hour remaining but couldn’t provide a spark.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Annabel’s putt seals Sunningdale Foursomes

first_img15 Mar 2014 Annabel’s putt seals Sunningdale Foursomes England international Annabel Dimmock and Challenge Tour player Steven Brown forged a successful partnership when they won the Sunningdale Foursomes at their first attempt. The Wentworth pair came triumphantly through the seven-round test when Annabel holed a 30-footer on the last for a one-up win over Inci Mehmet, also from Wentworth, and Oscar Granström-Livesey of Royal Mid-Surrey. “It was a great match and we all played so well,” said Annabel. “The number of birdies was unbelievable. This is a really good tournament to win, especially as it’s near my club and we had the home crowd watching!” It was a first competitive outing together for the winning pair: “We play a bit of foursomes against friends but we’ve never before played together in a competition,” said Annabel. Both players went into the event in great form. Already this season, Annabel has won on the Orange Blossom Tour in the USA, been runner-up in the Spanish amateur and taken fifth place in the European Nations Cup. Brown, a former English champion and the player who sealed the GB&I Walker Cup triumph of 2011, is currently fourth on the Challenge Tour order of merit and came in to this event fresh from a fifth place in the Kenya Open. “We were both really tired before it started because we both got back into the country only the day before the practice round, but we knew we were both playing well,” said Annabel. Their impressive putting was critical to their success. In the first round, they holed a long putt to win the 18th, taking the match into extra time before they squeezed through to the next round on the 20th. In the semi-final Annabel had a must-make 15-footer to keep the match alive, before the pair eventually defeated England international Toby Tree and boy international Marco Penge on the 19th. Then, in the final she clinched the title with that 30-footer. “We holed a lot of putts when we needed to,” she said. Click here for the full resultslast_img read more

Seahawks’ Richard Sherman is not a thug; Stop calling him one

first_imgSeattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman speaks at a news conference after the NFL football NFC Championship game between the Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 23-17 to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)There was a moment in the NFL version of the Hatfields and McCoys that could have ended the blood feud. It came at the end of the game Sunday, after Seattle’s Richard Sherman batted a pass intended for San Francisco 49er Michael Crabtree into the arms of a teammate, causing an interception that would seal the victory for the Seahawks, sending them to the Super Bowl.Sherman walked over to Crabtree with his arm extended as a show of come-togetherness but Crabtree pushed the defender’s helmet hard. So goes the way of the most heated and hated rivalry in sports today.It was this emotion, that shunning of sportsmanship, that was still ringing in the 24-year-old’s helmet when he walked off the field and onto national television to call Crabtree “sorry” and he would later add “mediocre.”It was the face of Sherman and his dark skin and flailing dreads that had some people take to Twitter to call Sherman a “thug” and a “n–ger.”From behind a computer keyboard and a 140-character-limit wielded by the hands of the ignorant, a 24-year-old Stanford graduate was assaulted with arguably some of the most troubling words in the American lexicon.This is the battle and the passion and the ugliness of American history played out in violent sport, rolled into a sound bite and then released into the Internet-mosphere. It is a Twitter-sized snapshot of the trouble that White America has with an outspoken Back athlete. It was a moment that captured both the hate that the Seahawks and 49ers have for one another on the field and, more importantly, the deep-rooted hate some feel when a Black man speaks freely about his legacy.During the interview Sherman told Erin Andrews: “I’m the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you gonna get. Don’t you ever talk about me … Don’t you open your mouth about the best or I’m gonna shut it for you real quick.”Sherman’s behavior and verbiage was succinct and efficient but it wasn’t even remotely “thuggish.” He didn’t speak in slang, he wasn’t punctuating the air with gang signs, he didn’t use vulgarity. In fact, he didn’t do anything even remotely aggressive. If anything, his loud and egotistical rant was much more WWE than NWA.It was typical-football-Sherman, which has never been, nor will ever be, what is expected. The Twitter response was more telling about how far we haven’t come as a nation, on the heels of the birthday of a man who dreamed more for us.Richard Sherman is brash, bold and brutal, all traits that make him one of the best cover corners in the NFL and make people in White America uncomfortable. So while Muhammad Ali is celebrated now as one of the nation’s greatest icons, he was hated then for the same trash-talking that helped make him legend.America has always been comfortable with the humble, wide-eyed, “awe-shucks” athlete from a small town who is in a permanent state of bewilderment about his own abilities and who always defers to his team or his coach.But an athlete who is fully aware of his abilities, who doesn’t shy away from criticism, who adores not only the spotlight but relishes it is a newer breed in the sport, and it is time for historically buttoned-up institutions like the National Football League and its hordes of fans to make room for them.Look, Richard Sherman grew up in the gangsta capital of Compton, Calif., and I am sure he can point out a thug with ease. I am also positive that thugs don’t star in both football and track and field while having the second highest GPA of their graduating class. But that was Sherman, who broke records in both sports while attending Dominguez High School and also made sure to stay firmly grounded in the classroom.He still considers the day he signed a national letter of intent to play football at the Stanford University as one of the proudest moments of his life.“It was unbelievable,” Sherman told the Federal Way Mirror about the signing. “It was a great accomplishment for me and my family. It was a great symbol for people from where I’m from.”What fans forgot Sunday is that hate is a part of the history of sports, which is rooted in rivalries and trash-talk. The hate that happened on Twitter is a deep hate that continues to divide the country.Think about this: A 24-year-old fifth-round draft pick had just made the biggest play of his career to send his team to the Super Bowl, and right before he walked on-camera his bitter rival (who allegedly tried to fight Sherman at a charity event last year) punched him in the helmet. What happened next was real and raw, but it never veered into the land of vile, menacing or thuggish.“To those who would call me a thug or worse because I show passion on a football field—don’t judge a person’s character by what they do between the lines,” Sherman wrote in a column posted on “Judge a man by what he does off the field, what he does for his community, what he does for his family.”Sherman frequently talks with high school students about making good decisions in life, and recently launched Blanket Coverage, The Richard Sherman Family Foundation, which helps kids get school supplies and clothes.“But people find it easy to take shots on Twitter, and to use racial slurs and bullying language far worse than what you’ll see from me. It’s sad and somewhat unbelievable to me that the world is still this way, but it is.”If being a thug means being salutatorian of your high school with a 4.2 GPA and 1,400 SAT scores, graduating from Stanford, delivering on your promise of greatness and showing no ability to humble-brag—then the black community could use more thugs like Richard Sherman.last_img read more

This one’s a toss up when Cats meet Phantom Midget AAA semi final

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsSixteen points separated the two teams in the final regular season standings, but the last time the two teams met nothing was decided in 120 minutes of play.Which is why it’s anyone’s guess as to which team will come out on top when the Kootenay Wildcats travel to Pitt Meadows to face the Fraser Valley Phantom in the best-of-three B.C. Female Midget AAA Hockey Playoff series beginning Friday.“I think the games are going to be determined by how the officials allow the girls to compete then I feel we’re going to have a successful weekend,” Kootenay coach Mario DiBella told The Nelson Daily after the Cats’ final practice Wednesday at the NDCC Arena.“If the referees are going to call coincidental contact, then we’ll have to adjust our game to how the game’s being called.”The Cats see an uphill battle on the stats page against the Phantom.During the regular season Kootenay scored 32 fewer goals than the team allowed. Plus the Cats face a team in Fraser Valley that has three players — Rachel Dong, Reaghan Chadwick and Megan Taylor — in the top six in league scoring.“We’ve done a lot of work on offensive play of late,” DiBella explained. “I feel we’ve got the personalities in the room that can put the puck in the net they just have to understand that that is their role on this team.”The series opens Friday at the Pitt Meadows Arena at 9 p.m.Game two of the series goes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. with game three, if necessary, played Sunday at 9:15 a.m.The best-of-three playoff series is new this season to the B.C. Female Midget AAA League.A move DiBella likes.“I think it’s great . . .. I think it brings more credibility to the Major Midget Female program,” said DiBella. “I never liked the tournament format where you can get bounced because you play poorly in one game.“At least here you can determine your own fate in the best-of-three.”The league has already seen one upset this season as Prince George rode the red-hot netminding of Megan Spooner to knock off the Vancouver Fusion 2-1 in the best-of-three quarterfinal.Taya Garneau’s goal late in the game sparked the Cougars to a 1-0 win in game three of the series.The Cougars now travel to Kelowna to meet regular season champion Okanagan Rockets in the other best-of-three semi final beginning Friday at the Rutland Arena.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more


first_imgMAGIC MARK: Idle since winning the one mile Bertrando Stakes versus state-breds at Los Alamitos one year ago, this 6-year-old Benchmark gelding will hope to run well fresh for owner/breeders Dorine and John Lanza. Trained by Ron Ellis, he has a sparkling six furlong gate drill in 1:11.20 here on June 26 (best of 13 at the distance) and must be respected with five wins from 14 starts. Out of the Deputy Governor mare Jewel Magic, he has earnings of $258,734. LOVE MY BUD: A 5-year-old Pamela Ziebarth homebred gelding, he was bred in Kentucky and is California sired, by Tizbud. A state-bred or sired allowance winner going 5 ½ furlongs two starts back on April 22, he tired late to finish sixth, beaten 2 ½ lengths, in an open first condition allowance going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf here on May 19. A longshot, he’s out of the Forest Wildcat mare Kathwen and he has two wins from five starts. RACE PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED 3-YEAR-OLDS AND UP THE $100,000 THOR’S ECHO HANDICAP IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS Race 8 (of 9)                                       Approximate post time 5 p.m. PDT RAISED A SECRET: Third, beaten 6 ¾ lengths by eventual Grade I Triple Bend Stakes winner Lord Nelson on June 3, this Mark Glatt trainee was a close third two starts back in the Grade III, six furlong Los Angeles Stakes on April 16 and rates a huge chance dropping in class on Monday. Owned by Rodney Orr, the 6-year-old full horse by Songandaprayer will hope to get a stalking trip from his rail post position. Never worse than third in nine tries at six furlongs, Raised a Secret is 30-5-10-8 overall with earnings of $490,130. MRAZEK: By red hot sire Square Eddie, he’s out of the Wild Rush mare Heckuva Rush. A well beaten 10th in the Grade II, seven furlong Woody Stephens Stakes June 11 at Belmont Park, he was second, beaten a neck two starts back here in the Grade III, seven furlong Lazaro Barrera Stakes on May 14. A winner versus statebreds of Del Mar’s 5 ½ furlong Graduation Stakes last August, Mrazek is quick from the gate and should relish his post position on the far outside. He has earnings of $169,437 from an overall mark of 7-2-4-0.center_img Raised a Secret–Santiago Gonzalez–123Love My Bud–Rafael Bejarano–117Forest Chatter–Mike Smith–122Nardo–Flavien Prat–118Magic Mark–Drayden Van Dyke–122Mrazek–Mario Gutierrez–115First post time on Monday, Independence Day, is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. Monday is also Fan Appreciation Day and there will be one dollar beers, sodas and hot dogs offered throughout the day. ARCADIA, Calif. (July 1, 2016)–Reddam Racing’s homebred Mrazek returns from a disappointing foray to Belmont Park on June 11 to head Monday’s $100,000 Thor’s Echo Handicap at Santa Anita. To be contested at six furlongs, the Thor’s Echo, which attracted a field of six, is a part of the Golden State Series and is for California-bred or sired 3-year-olds and up.Mrazek’s competition includes Raised a Secret, who comes off a third place finish to recent Grade I winner Lord Nelson, consistent Forest Chatter, comebacking Magic Mark and Nardo, who comes off a pair of recent allowance wins.                 FOREST CHATTER: Winless from just one start on dirt, all five of his career wins have come on turf, which is no longer an option at the current meet. Trained by Richard Mandella, he showed good speed in his only main track appearance, a close fourth three starts back versus statebreds in the seven furlong Cary Grant Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 22. Third and subsequently second in a pair of statebred stakes down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course on Feb. 27 and May 28, the 5-year-old Kentucky bred and California-sired gelding by Dixie Chatter retains the services of Mike Smith. His overall mark stands at 13-5-2-2 and he has earnings of $268,510. NARDO: Trained by Mike Puype, he comes off a pair of recent allowance wins at 6 ½ furlongs and appears to be a “now” commodity for owner/breeders Tony and Suzy Narducci. A 4-year-old gelding by Olmodavor out of the Decarchy mare Bella Castagna, Nardo appears to be coming to his best as he tries stakes competition for the first time. With an overall record of 7-3-1-2, he’ll be ridden for the fourth consecutive time by Flavien Prat.last_img read more

KCCA, Vipers dumped out of confederations Cup

first_img Tags: allan kyambaddeallan okelloCAF Confederations CupCS SfaxienKCCA FCMike MutebiOtoho Doyopatrick kadduvipers sc KCCA FC players exit the pitch after eliminations from the Confederations Cup on Sunday (Photo by KCCA FC Media)CAF Confederations Cup 2018/19-Playoff Round-2nd LegSunday, 20-01-2019-KCCA FC 2-0 Otoho Doyo (2-3 Agg)StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo-CS Sfaxien 3-0 Vipers SC (3-0 Agg)Tareb Mhiri stadium, SfaxUganda’s representatives in the 2018/19 CAF Confederations Cup, KCCA FC and Vipers SC were on Sunday dumped out of the competition by their respective opponents.KCCA who went into the 2nd leg trailing 3-0, won the game at Lugogo 2-0 but were eliminated 3-2 on aggregate.On a wet afternoon at the StarTimes Stadium, KCCA scored two second half goals but failed to mount a late surge for a third that would have seen the tie go into penalties.Patrick Kaddu opened the scoring with a well taken header in the 75th minute before Allan Okello found the back of the net from the spot with just a minute to play in regulation time.In the two added minutes, KCCA failed to get close to the Otoho penalty area before the final whistle was sounded by the referee.In the first half which was highlighted by heavy down pour, KCCA failed to impose themselves on Otoho as ball movement was hampered by the wet surface at Lugogo. It was however welcome conditions for the visitors who sat deep from the word go, resorting to hooking the ball out of their half on multiple occassions.The best chance of the opening 45 minutes fell to Allan Kyambadde but his weak shot from inside the area was comfortably dealt with by Wolfrigon Mongondza Ngobo in the Othoho goal.With the down pour no more at the start of the second half, KCCA took the initiative and mounted one attack after the other but had to wait until 15 minutes from time to open the scoring. After a well worked corner by Okello and Gift Ali, the later sent in a cross which bounced off an Otoho defender’s back and into Kaddu’s path to poke it in past Ngobo for 1-0.Moments later, Ngobo made a world class save to deny Allan Okello from distance as the goalkeeper dived low to pury the snap-shot away from danger.With time running out, Kyambadde made a brilliant run down the right and was fouled Lekolo in the area. Okello stood up and sent Ngobo the wrong way for 2-0.Despite needing only a single goal to level matters, KCCA could not manufacture any opportunities in the two added minutes as Otoho held on to reach the lucrative group stages of the competition.The loss means that KCCA have failed to reach the Group stage on the continent for the first time in three years. Mike Mutebi’s side were involved in the last 8 of the Confederations Cup in 2017 before achieving the same fate in the Champions League last year.For Vipers, they lost 3-0 on Sunday to bow out of the Confederations Cup by the same score line, on aggregate.Vipers lost their tie 3-0 on Aggregate (file photo)The Kitende based side who went into the tie having drawn 0-0 in the first leg, were over powered by record winners CS Sfaxien at the Tareb Mhiri Stadium in Sfax City.Alaeddine Marzouki’s put the home side 1-0 up inside the opening 15 minutes.Fifteen minutes later, Nigerian Kingsley Sokari headed past Vipers’ Burundian goalkeeper Fabien Mutombora for the second goal, ensuring that Sfaxien held a 2-0 advantage at the break.The final nail in Vipers coffin was thumped by Manucho deep in stoppage time as the Tunisians booked their slot in the much treasured group stages.Comments last_img read more

The Rise and Fall of Submerged Landscapes

first_imgUnder the sea lies a lost land of terrestrial life.  On this submerged landscape in the North Atlantic Ocean, river channels and fossils of pollen and coal are now being covered up by the remains of sea creatures.  Live Science compared it to the lost continent of Atlantis.  How did this fossil terrestrial landscape rise above the water, only to sink again? The story on Live Science described how researchers used sonar to map this underwater country.  “It looks for all the world like a map of a bit of a country onshore,” said Nicky White, the senior researcher reporting the discovery, describing the 4000-square-mile landscape.  “It is like an ancient fossil landscape preserved 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) beneath the seabed.”  The research team believes it rose above the sea, then sank down, leaving its formerly above-water features discernible.  Core samples reveal marine fossils overlain by sub-aerial evidence, like pollen, overlain by marine fossils.  They believe other such submerged landscapes may exist.  In fact, two smaller ones, “more recent, but less spectacular,” were subsequently found. The article claimed this lost country is 56 million years old.  The team was surprised to interpolate, according to their evolutionary timeline, that it must have risen up and sunk down within 2.5 million years.  White pondered the “burning question” of how such a process could happen so quickly.  “From a geological perspective, that is a very short period of time,” he said.  The authors of a paper about it in Nature Geoscience speculated that a mantle plume lifted up the land and then set it back down after it passed.  Maybe it was one of a series of such land-lifting ripples, they speculated. Fascinating find, but their explanation raises other questions.  Would land of this extent rise up and sink without cracking and destroying its sub-aerial features?  How does their story of long periods underwater (56 million years) interrupted by a short period of plants and rivers (2.5 million years) fit with uniformitarianism?  Is that really an explanation, or an ad hoc story dreamt up after the fact trying to fit observations into a preconceived timeline?  Could we be looking at a pre-Flood country? Notice that “from a geological perspective” does not mean that the rocks themselves tell stories about millions of years.  The phrase means, “from the consensus beliefs of secular geologists who, in the tradition of Lyell, are card-carrying members of the Darwin Party.”  Their presuppositions force them to concoct stories, like the rise and fall of Atlantis.  Evolutionary geologists come up with even weirder scenarios for other parts of the earth.  Some of them speculate that the Colorado Plateau rose and sank under the sea multiple times – yet left pancake-stacked strata, hundreds of miles in extent, perfectly flat, with no evidence of erosion between most of them. Ignore the millions-of-years dogma and think fresh.  Are there other explanations?  Many Flood geologists consider it likely that the antediluvian mountains were lower, and the oceans shallower.  The tectonic forces in the Flood year could have drastically changed sea levels and submerged large areas of land under the ocean as subterranean chambers burst open, new mountain ranges were thrust up and new ocean basins deepened.  This view is supported by the hundreds of flat-topped seamounts that must have once been at sea level, and the submarine canyons that exist at the mouths of most major rivers around the world.  Advantage: no need for reckless drafts on the bank of time (07/02/2007, 12/02/2009).(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more